Updated:
Original:

Woman beheaded in horrific Shakopee attack, suspect arrested

The police chief condemned video that shows the aftermath of the killing.
Author:

A man has been arrested in Shakopee in connection with a killing that saw a woman beheaded Wednesday afternoon.

The incident was reported at 2:31 p.m. near the intersection of 4th Avenue and Spencer Street. 

The victim has been identified as 55-year-old America Mafalda Thayer, of Shakopee, who was found by police on the sidewalk with stab wounds. The suspect is a 42-year-old man also from Shakopee, who is being held on suspicion of 2nd-degree murder.

An extremely graphic video that shows part of the incident has been circulating online.

Bring Me The News will not provide details of the video or link to it due to the disturbing content and out of respect for the victim, but its spread on the internet has been condemned by Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate.

"We are aware that a bystander took a video of this incident. We have that video. It is deeply disturbing that the first instinct was to post that on social media," Tate said in a phone call with Bring Me The News.

"This woman has a son, has a family and people that care about her and the last place anyone should find out about a tragedy involving a loved one is via social media. Thankfully we were able to apprehend this individual quickly."

Sign up: Subscribe to our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

"At this time, investigators believe the suspect knew the victim and this wasn’t a random act," Shakopee PD added.

Bring Me The News does not identify suspects until they have been charged with a crime.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

Driver who died in Hwy. 100 embankment rollover is identified

The 30-year-old was killed in the Saturday evening crash.

best buy

Best Buy launches another pre-Black Friday sale, the Early Deals Event

This latest round of discounts is available through Oct. 31.

dave chappelle

Dave Chappelle to perform at Target Center in Minneapolis

The comedian is screen his new documentary at part of the 10-city tour.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 7.06.08 AM

U.S. soccer hero Megan Rapinoe signs her mural at St. Paul bar

Rapinoe paid a visit to The Black Hart ahead of a match at Allianz Field Tuesday.

hospital, emergency room

1 dead after married couple crash UTV in southern Minnesota

The crash happened just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

hmong college prep academy

St. Paul school superintendent offers to quit after $4.3M lost in hedge fund

The Office of the State Auditor recently released its investigative report on the school.

ambulance

2 women die from injuries suffered in October 19 Hopkins crash

Both victims died at Hennepin Healthcare on Oct. 21.

Dean Evason

Wild fall flat against Predators, lose first game of season

The Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box in a 5-2 loss.

Screen Shot 2021-10-24 at 10.11.36 AM

Search for Wisconsin woman whose vehicle was found near Hinckley

Ashley L. Miller, 33, was reported missing on Sep. 24 after her vehicle was found without her in it.

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott will be 'ready to go' for matchup with Vikings

The Dallas quarterback is expected to be available for next Sunday's showdown.

Eddie Rosario

Where Eddie Rosario's championship series heroics rank since 2000

The former Twin put together an all-timer to help the Braves reach the World Series.

Related

Alexis Saborit

Charges: Woman killed in horrific Shakopee attack was trying to leave suspect

The shocking incident happened at an intersection Wednesday afternoon.

Alexis Saborit

Autopsy: Decapitation was cause of Shakopee woman’s death

The victim's alleged killer has been charged and is jailed.

Woman killed, suspect critically injured in Shakopee homicide

Police were called to the residence around 4 p.m. Sunday.

police tape, crime scene

Man, 65, dies after being shot in Shakopee home

A Minneapolis man is currently in custody.

Sheldon Thompson

Double-homicide suspect arrested; woman, toddler found dead

The suspect was arrested in a wooded area of Carlton County.

Reggie Bethel

Charges: Boy, 11, died after horrific assault at hands of MN man

The 11-year-old boy died days after being airlifted to a hospital in Fargo.

police tape, crime scene

Victim fatally stabbed as officers tried to subdue suspect

The suspect was arrested following a search that lasted several hours.